DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE MONDAY, MARCH 1, 2021, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 16 PAGES AGAINST ENVIRONMENTAL CLEARANCES Green tribunal cited delay in filing as reason to dismiss every second plea NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 28 IN 2020, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) dismissed a total of 22 appeals, mostly by local residents against green clearances issued to 20 projects. As many as 11, half of these dismissals,ananalysisbyTheIndian Express of the orders shows, were on the technical ground thatappellantsdidnotapproach the Tribunal in time. Under the NGT Act, 2010, a clearancecanbechallengedbyan affected party within 30 days whiletheTribunalhastheauthority to condone another 60 days’ delaygiven“sufficientcause”.This timelimitappliesfromthedayof communication as both regulatorsanddevelopersarelegallyrequiredtoplaceeveryprojectclearance in the public domain. The NGT’s move raises questions of due process for two key reasons: One, of the 11 dismissals because of delay, as many as five FOR 60+ POPULATION, 45+ WITH CO-MORBIDITIES Nextroundofvaccinationbegins today,slotscanbebookedonline Beneficiaries can’t choose vaccine type; one mobile number can register four KAUNAIN SHERIFF M NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 28 JAY MAZOOMDAAR Raisesquestion ofdue process TRIBUNAL CAN’T wait indefinitely but six of the 11 appealswerefiledbetween 44-90days,undertheouter time limit. Most were by residentsinruralareaswho said they needed time for paperwork.Thenumberfor 2020 was highest share in four years. were filed within 44 to 90 days, well within the outer limit. One was filed on Day 91 and another four were filed within two monthsbeyondthe90-daylimit. Ironically, the NGT itself, in its orders, acknowledged that the “provisionrelatingtocondonation CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 FOR THE first time since India began its vaccination programme against Covid-19 on January 16, the general population will be eligible for the vaccinewhenthenextphasebegins on Monday — for those above 60 years of age and those above 45 with co-morbidities. In the first phase, 1.43 crore doses of Covishield and Covaxin vaccines were administered to two priority groups: healthcare and frontline workers. While the second phase of vaccination comes at a time when India's active Covid cases THE EDITORIAL PAGE ECONOMY:A TALE OFTWOHALVES BY DHARMAKIRTI JOSHI PAGE 8 Day after Cong-23 raised pitch, Azad praises PM: Doesn’t hide his true self EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE JAMMU, FEBRUARY 28 ‘In Disha Ravi case, sedition charge wrong… To curb dissent with such tactics not authorised by Constitution’ MUKUL ROHATGI FORMER ATTORNEY GENERAL OF INDIA PAGE 12 11 days after he was shot at, son of J&K eatery owner dies Akash Mehra’s mother at his funeral in Jammu, Sunday. PTI BASHAARAT MASOOD SRINAGAR, FEBRUARY 28 ELEVEN DAYS after he was shot at by suspected militants, Akash Mehra, the 22-year-old son of the owner of a popular eatery in Srinagar, died in hospital on Sunday. On the evening of February 17,thedhabawasfilledtocapacity when two masked men bargedinwithpistols.Theywent straight to the cash counter, where Akash was sitting, and shothimfrompoint-blankrange. Akash was hit in the abdomen. The dhaba and a few others in the highly guarded Sonawar neighbourhood of Srinagar have been shut since the attack. "His (Akash's) condition worsened on Thursday and he was put on life support," said a doctor at Srinagar's Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital, whereAkashhadbeenadmitted. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 A DAY after some of the senior Congressleaderswhohavebeen demanding reforms in the party reiterated their call for change, one of them, Ghulam Nabi Azad, praisedPrimeMinisterNarendra Modiassomeonewho"doesnot hide his true self". Speakingatafunctionorganised by the Gujjar Desh Chartiable Trust in Jammu on Sunday, Azad drew parallels between himself and the Prime Minister, saying that like him, Modi too hailed from a village `6.00 (`8 BIHAR & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 Earlier, PM bid Azad an emotional farewell in Rajya Sabha and has not forgotten his roots. "I like a lot of things about many leaders. There are many big leaders. Even our Prime Minister comes from a village and he used to sell tea. We are political rivals, but I appreciate the fact that he does not hide his true self,’’ he said, adding that one should be proud of oneself. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY are under control, eight states — Kerala, Maharashtra, Punjab, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Jammu & Kashmir and Madhya Pradesh — have been a cause of concern, reporting an uptick in daily cases in the last two weeks. Ahead of the Monday rollout of phase 2 of the vaccination drive, the government on Sunday spelled out to states detailed operational guidelines on the inoculation drive. Whileunderliningthatitwill continue to procure all the vaccines to be administered at both government and private facilities, the Centre has, in its communication to states, said that it will supply Covishield and Covaxin. However, the vaccine type will not be disclosed to the 9AMTO3PM ■ Beneficiaries can't choose vaccine type at time of appointment. In case the vaccine is not of their choice, they can only opt out ■ Slots to be open from 9 am to 3 pm ■ One mobile number can be used to register as many as four beneficiaries. But they need separate IDs ■ Registrations through Co-WIN or Aarogya Setu CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ISRO's PSLV-C51 lifts off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on Sunday. PTI PSLV lifts off with Twist in IIM-C turf war: Board 600-kg Brazilian divests Director of key powers satellite, 18 others RITIKA CHOPRA NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 28 IN A move that has implications onmanagingaccountabilityand responsibilityina top Centralinstitution,theBoardof Governors (BoG) at the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, has divested the institute's director, AnjuSeth,of herpowerstomake appointments and initiate disciplinary action. Thisunprecedenteddecision, taken at a meeting Saturday, EXPERT EXPLAINS Rukmini Banerji From The Indian Express panel of specialists, exclusive insight RETURNING TO SCHOOL EXPLAINED PAGE 11 Director Seth can't make appointments or initiate disciplinary action comes amid a turf war between the director and the Board, days after the latter passed a resolution against Seth. AsfirstreportedbyTheIndian Express on February 27, the Board, in a special meeting February 20, passed a resolution againstherforwritingdirectlyto the government against Board Chairman Shri Krishna Kulkarni and for her alleged inability to collaborate with the faculty, among other charges. Earlier this month, Seth wrote to the Ministry of Education (MoE) accusing Kulkarni of infringing on her executive powers. She had cited her alleged sidelining in drafting the new regulations under the IIM Act as an example of that. At Saturday’s meeting, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE BENGALURU, FEBRUARY 28 THE INDIAN Space Research Organisation'sworkhorserocket system, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV),delivered its 53rd successful mission on SundaybylaunchingAmazonia1, a 637-kg commercial remote sensing satellite for the Brazilian space research agency INPE, and 18 co-passenger satellites. ISRO chairman K Sivan de- scribed the launch of the Amazonia-1 satellite on the PSLV-C51 and its insertion into a sun synchronous orbit as being "precise'' at the end of a 17.23minute launch sequence at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at SriharikotainAndhraPradeshon Sunday morning. FormerBrazilianastronautand Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation, Marcos Cesar Pontes, who was present at the launch with scientists from INPE, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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